Kelso Music Society aims to bring the finest musicians from the UK and from all over the world to play for you in the heart of the Scottish Borders in our new venue, the beautiful old 18th Century Kelso Old Parish Kirk with its marvellous acoustic.

Kelso Music Society 2021/22
Some Good News
and some sad news ...


The sad news first. We are very sorry to say that Peter Podmore has decided to stand down as KMS president. Peter has given us many years of outstanding and inspirational leadership, turning our society into one of the foremost music societies in Scotland. We are extremely grateful for his enthusiasm and hard work. At some point he plans to move back to Tyneside, but hopefully we will see him at some of our next concerts. Which brings us to the GOOD NEWS

As everyone is only too well aware, restrictions brought about by the covid pandemic have meant we were unable to present any concerts for the last year. Things are beginning to change now and we are hopeful that we will be able to revive good music in Kelso towards the end of 2021. Although things could change yet again, we are now actively planning a new programme, some details of which are given below. Exact dates and recital details are still being worked on, but this is how things are currently shaping up:

  • October 2021 - Maharaj/Degavino Duo (flute/piano). Two young musicians who we were planning to present last year.
  • November 2021 – The Marmen Quartet. Winners of the Grand Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
  • February 2022 - Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Jan Waterfield (piano). Mhairi is a local singer who enjoys a world-wide reputation as an interpreter of Baroque music – and beyond.
  • March 2022 - Chloe Hanslip (violin) and Danny Driver (piano). Chloe’s wide-ranging repertoire spans music by Britten, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Elgar, Sibelius – and more.Gramophone Award nominated pianist Danny Driver has made numerous recordings for the Hyperion label.
  • April 2022 - Claire Hammond (piano). Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine).
  • TBA - Tabea Debus (recorder). Described by The Times as a charismatic virtuoso, Tabea Debus is constantly exploring the horizons of music for recorder and has performed widely across Europe, Asia and the USA.

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